Knowledge Is Power: Saying No To Gangs
The NYPD Community Outreach program, along with the North Shore, LIJMC Health System’s Onsite Program at P.S. 105, sponsored a three-day presentation on "Helping Kids Making Good Choices: Saying NO To Gangs" to all the first, second, third, and fourth grade classrooms.
Sgt. McIntyre explained to the children the consequences of being in a gang or ‘acting like you want to be in a gang.’ During one presentation, McIntyre stated, "one of the things that we do not want children to do is be wearing bandanas." The presentation included educating students and teachers to recognize the warning signs such as handshakes, bandanas, and initiation injuries and marks.
McIntyre also allowed the children to participate in role playing and helping them making better choices in and out of school. The children shared their stories and concerns about the dangers in their neighborhoods. One child succinctly stated, "I will never wear a bandana and I don’t want to get involved and get in trouble!" This child went on to share his aspirations of one day becoming a doctor and does not want anything, especially gangs or drugs, to get in his way of achieving his goals.
This experience was invaluable not only to all the children who had the opportunity to listen to McIntyre’s presentation but all school personnel as well. The administration, school personnel, teachers, and the parents of children at P.S. 105 have been greatly involved in incorporating violence prevention, bullying, and anger management into the school curriculum to foster a safe, secure learning environment where the students can learn and achieve their goals. McIntyre is scheduled to be a guest speaker at the PTA meeting at P.S. 105 during the Fall 2003.
If you are looking for more information or have questions, please call the NYPD Division of School Safety. Parents who want to learn more about programs for children and adolescents can go online to www.nyexploring.org or www.learning-for-life.org.